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Hovercraft Physics

Welcome to the world of hovercrafts, where air becomes fuel and where a small push forward can send you soaring.

About this Workshop

Campus: Regis College | Rising Grades: 6,7

Testing the limits of science… defying the laws of gravity… it's all in a day's work for the average hovercraft scientist. Study how objects in motion ricochet and move (by applying Newton’s Laws of Motion and Bernoulli’s Principle to pressure and lift). Then design and build an armada of hovercrafts that can fly, float, and zoom over anything in their path. Construct tabletop-skimming models to truly understand the mechanics of flight before graduating to gigantic hovercrafts so big that you can ride on them. You’ll be so pumped, you’ll be floating on air!


Test the laws of physics on pressure and lift.

Study the impact of friction on an object’s motion.

Design and construct handheld hovercrafts that you can race against your classmates.

Construct and ride a large hovercraft as you engage in relays, obstacle courses, and games.